In the Dark: Bail's in Your Court Season 4, Ep 1
Murphy is having a tough time adjusting to life in prison with unexpected dangers looming large. Meanwhile, Max accompanies Leslie and Felix to an interesting afternoon with their grandmother.
The Cleaning Lady: The Cleaning Lady (2022) Season 1, Ep 0
A medical doctor seeking treatment for her son in the US works as an undocumented cleaner after her visa expires. After being caught witnessing a murder, she finds herself in deeper waters.
Pam & Tommy: Seattle Season 1, Ep 8
Everything changes when a cocky young Internet entrepreneur comes in to the picture. [more inside]
Pam & Tommy: Destroyer of Worlds Season 1, Ep 7
Tommy confronts Rand in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.
Juvenile Justice: Juvenile Justice Season 1, Ep 0
A prickly judge who despises juvenile criminals arrives at a juvenile court, where she takes on a complex role examining punishment for young offenders. [more inside]
Pam & Tommy: Pamela in Wonderland Season 1, Ep 6
A deposition pushes Pam to the emotional brink.
Inventing Anna: Limited Series from Shonda Rhimes Season 1, Ep 0
From the Netflix description: "Audacious entrepreneur or con artist? A journalist chases down the story of Anna Delvey, who convinced New York's elite she was a German heiress." [more inside]
Pam & Tommy: Uncle Jim and Aunt Susie in Duluth Season 1, Ep 5
The tape ends up in the hands of Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione.
A true-crime writer begins a new book project, centered on a grisly 1986 double murder in southern California, that leads him to question the ethics of his trade and to delve into the paradoxes of storytelling itself. [more inside]
Pam & Tommy: The Master Beta Season 1, Ep 4
Pam and Tommy resort to increasingly desperate measures to get their property back.
Razorblade Tears is set in rural southwest Virginia, the same as Cosby's previous book, the universally acclaimed Blacktop Wasteland. The story mines some of the same territory too, as our protagonist is a black ex-con who has turned his life around and is now a responsible family man, although he is estranged from his gay son who is happily married with a small child in Richmond. [more inside]
Pam & Tommy: Jane Fonda Season 1, Ep 3
Rand teams up with an old porn-world associate to shop the tape around town.
Pam & Tommy: I Love You, Tommy Season 1, Ep 2
Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee meet, get high, and get married...all in four days.
Pam & Tommy: Drilling and Pounding Season 1, Ep 1
Handyman Rand Gauthier seeks revenge on the celebrity client who stiffs him. [more inside]
The Afterparty: Yasper Season 1, Ep 3
Yasper explains how he tried to get Xavier to help him get his music career off the ground.
The Afterparty: Brett Season 1, Ep 2
In Brett's action-packed retelling of the night, he had one goal in attending the reunion: reconcile with his ex-wife to get their family back together.
Ozark: Ozark Season 4 - First Half (Episodes 1-7) Season 4, Ep 1
We binged all available season 4 episodes this week. Anybody else watching? Apparently, the rest of the season will be released after May 31, which will make the season eligible for Emmy awards in two years instead of just one. I
An assassin has 24 hours to get vengeance on her murderer before she dies. (Netflix)
Reservation Dogs: F*ckin' Rez Dogs Season 1, Ep 1
A year after the death of a friend, four Indigenous teens in small town Oklahoma turn to petty crime in style influenced by the last few decades of media. Trailer [youtube]. [more inside]
How a toy tiger became the symbol of a struggle between India and its former British colonisers [more inside]
The One: Full Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
Love -- and lies -- spiral when a DNA researcher helps discover a way to find the perfect partner, and creates a bold new matchmaking service.
I picked this up at the library on Friday and finished it on Sunday. That may tell you everything you need to know. [more inside]
A crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards meets her match when a woman she tries to swindle turns out to be more than she first appears.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: TEEN-AGE STRANGLER Rewatch Season 5, Ep 14
Rewatch! Someone's strangling teen girls and the blame falls on members a local gang. This is the movie with Mikey, the object of some scorn by the space-trapped human and his automated mocking machines. Has the short "Is This Love?", and you can just imagine how they treat that one. Previously.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: MITCHELL Rewatch Season 5, Ep 12
Re-rewatch! Mitchell is a dull, stupid, unlikable cop. I mean, the movie even says that. The movie seems to be making the point that, all the smart cops would naturally be on the take, so we need dumb ones, and Mitchell, he's just the dumb cop we need. Then it goes and shows us the implications of that by following Mitchell around, like it's trying to tell us, "don't look away, this is necessary!" You could get a really dim view of human nature watching Mitchell. It makes for fine riffing though! This is also Joel's last episode as host of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Previously and again.
2019 Australian comedy/ crime/ drama TV show with Lucy Lawless as a police consultant. Anyone seen this?
Deadwind: Full Season 2 (AKA Karppi) Season 2, Ep 0
A year and more after the events of Deadwind/Karppi's first season, Sofia Karppi (Pihla Viitala) is reunited with Sakari Nurmi (Lauri Tilkanen) to solve the linked cross-Baltic murders of two Estonian sailors, one in Tallinn and one in Helsinki, at a time when interim Helsinki mayor Sara Tulisuo (Leena Pöysti) is working to get a long-anticipated undersea tunnel project connecting the two cities off the ground at last. [more inside]
Deadwind: Full Season 1 (AKA Karppi) Season 1, Ep 0
Shortly after suffering a life-changing loss, prickly and reserved Helsinki detective Sofia Karppi returns to work, insisting she is just fine to anyone who asks. On her first day back she is unwillingly paired with Homicide department newbie Sakari Nurmi, freshly transferred from Financial Crimes for mysterious reasons. The two work fractiously together to solve the murder of Anna Bergdahl, a social worker and consultant whose body is found buried on the site of a proposed green-energy housing development that is the brainchild of Finnish company Tempo, for whom Anna had been working in her final days. Twists and turns and shocking revelations abound while Karppi clashes with suspects, her coworkers, and her own home life. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: DADDY-O Rewatch Season 3, Ep 7
Rewatch! A guy is forced off the road by a lady, so naturally they decide to drag race. Things progress in the natural manner, so he ends up going undercover in a nightclub to find out who killed his friend, and the lady, who's kind of sweet on him despite everything, helps. Has the short Alphabet Antics, the first of the show's many educational shorts. Previously
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: Murder Habit Season 1, Ep 1
A look at author Michelle McNamara's investigation regarding a violent predator she dubbed the "Golden State Killer," who terrorized California in the 1970s and '80s. (HBO miniseries) [more inside]
Mary Beth and Priscilla Connolly attempt to cover up a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man. To conceal their crime, the sisters must go deep into the criminal underbelly of their hometown, uncovering the town's darkest secrets. [more inside]
The movie is a sequel to Lang's silent film Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922) and features many cast and crew members from Lang's previous films. The film features Rudolf Klein-Rogge as Dr. Mabuse who is in an insane asylum where he is found frantically writing his crime plans. When Mabuse's criminal plans begin to be implemented, Inspector Lohmann (played by Otto Wernicke) tries to find the solution with clues from gangster Thomas Kent (Gustav Diessl), the institutionalized Hofmeister (Karl Meixner) and Professor Baum (Oscar Beregi Sr.) who becomes obsessed with Dr. Mabuse. [more inside]
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness: Full Season Season 1, Ep 0
Netflix's latest true crime docuseries dives into the wild world of big cat owners and enthusiasts in an exploration of one man's path from attention-seeking zoo owner to convicted criminal. [more inside]
A gangster on the run sacrifices everything for his family and a woman he meets while on the lam. [more inside]
A modern classic of personal journalism, The Orchid Thief is Susan Orlean’s wickedly funny, elegant, and captivating tale of an amazing obsession. Determined to clone an endangered flower—the rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindenii—a deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of America’s strange flower-selling subculture, through Florida’s swamps and beyond, along with the Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him. In the end, Orlean—and the reader—will have more respect for underdog determination and a powerful new definition of passion.
Giri/Haji: All episodes Season 1, Ep 0
A detective from Tokyo scours London for his missing brother, who's been involved with the Yakuza and accused of murder. [more inside]
Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying, drinking, and taking drugs, they are arrested, only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer. [more inside]
Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean, locally famous true crime podcasters, suspect Morgan's new love interest is a murderer.
Once two overzealous cops get suspended from the force, they must delve into the criminal underworld to get their proper compensation.
The Deep End is a 2001 drama film starring Tilda Swinton as Margaret Hall. Margaret disapproves of her teenage son Beau (Jonathan Tucker) sneaking off to meet his lover Darby Reese (Josh Lucas). When an argument between Beau and Darby ends in death, Margaret finds she's in over her head. [more inside]
Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the lady who is the prosecutor called me. MONSTER. FADE IN: INTERIOR COURT. A guard sits at a desk behind Steve. Kathy O'Brien, Steve's lawyer, is all business as she talks to Steve. O'BRIEN: Let me make sure you understand what's going on. Both you and this king character are on trial for felony murder.... [more inside]
Black Spot: Quand on arrive en ville Season 1, Ep 1
As Maj. Laurène Weiss and her team work to solve the murder of a local nurse, a new prosecutor arrives to investigate Villefranche's high crime rate. A French-Belgian production streaming in the US on Netflix.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE BEATNIKS Rewatch Season 4, Ep 15
Rewatch! No, they're not Beatniks. They're not even Boatniks. A young thug is content with a life of robbery until it turns out he can sing, but his grasping for fortune and respectability is held back by his jilted criminal buddies. It was directed and written by voice actor Paul "Boris Badenov" Frees! There's also a General Hospital soap opera short, which are unfortunately among the most boring shorts MST did, but does have their commercial for The Booze Council.
Unforgotten: Full series Season 1, Ep 0
When the remains of a murdered 17-year-old who went missing in 1976 are discovered buried beneath a house, detectives DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan attempt to solve the case. The investigation brings up decades-old secrets for those involved.
In this fascinating exploration of murder in the nineteenth century, Judith Flanders examines some of the most gripping cases that captivated the Victorians and gave rise to the first detective fiction Murder in Britain in the nineteenth century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous, transformed into novels, into broadsides and ballads, into theatre and melodrama and opera―even into puppet shows and performing dog-acts. Detective fiction and England's new police force developed in parallel, each imitating the other―the pioneers of Scotland Yard gave rise to Dickens's Inspector Bucket, the first fictional police detective, who in turn influenced Sherlock Holmes and, ultimately, even P.D. James and Patricia Cornwell. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE WILD WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN Rewatch Season 5, Ep 15
Rewatch! MST3K has had a lot of goofy movies in its time. We watched one of the silliest, The Dead Talk Back, just last week. But in a field containing Robot Holocaust, Gamera vs. Guiron, Catalina Caper, Monster A-Go-Go, The Pumaman, Quest of the Delta Knights, Hobgoblins, Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders, Cry Wilderness, Carnival Magic and Mac And Me, this may still, ultimately, be the silliest. A woman in lingerie organizes a bunch of other scantily clad young women to fight crime and play at being "synthetic vampires," while her nemesis, the dastardly Rat Fink, attempt to steal an atomic hearing aid, by using his irresistible dancing drug, created by his mad scientist cohort, and his minion Heathcliff, who... look, it's just too ridiculous. You can see it for yourself when we watch it Thursday night! Previously
A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner's Handbook is a page-turning account of a forgotten era. In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner's office, and corruption ran rampant. However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry and the gatekeepers of justice. [more inside]
True Detective: Now Am Found Season 3, Ep 8
Wayne struggles to hold on to his memories, and his grip on reality, as the truth behind the Purcell case is finally revealed. [Season finale] [more inside]
True Detective: The Final Country Season 3, Ep 7
Following up on new leads, Wayne and Roland track down a man who left the police force in the midst of the Purcell investigation. Meanwhile, Amelia visits Lucy Purcell's best friend in hopes of gaining insights into the whereabouts of the mysterious one-eyed man. [more inside]
True Detective: Hunters in the Dark Season 3, Ep 6
Wayne and Roland revisit discrepancies in the Purcell case that were hidden or forgotten, and take another look at Tom Purcell and Lucy's cousin, Dan O' Brien; the glitter of Amelia's book release is tarnished by a voice from the past. [more inside]